2-day Buenos aires guide for art lovers

For art lovers, we offer a 2 day schedule to enjoy from the different artistic expressions located in different spots of the city. With this guide we propose a tour through the art in Buenos Aires, bearing in mind all the important information to consider.
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Ice Cream, Pizza, and More! BA’s food surprises

Without question, Argentina is a meat loving country and for good reason.  Any meat-eating traveler would be amiss if they didn’t try Argentina’s famous grass-fed beef or experience an Asado–the traditional barbeque featuring numerous cuts of meats and entrails.  Most streets have a Parrilla every few blocks where hungry wanderers can satisfy their carnivore cravings.  Yet beef is not the only Argentine specialty.  There exist many other regional dishes and a few unexpected treats worth sampling. Be warned though, some are thoroughly addicting!


These meat, cheese, or vegetable filled pastries are the perfect snack when on the go or an ideal alternative for a full meal when in need of something fast and simple.  Compact and delicious, empanadas come in a variety of forms and with a variety of fillings.  Some favorites include carne (with either ground beef or whole cuts of steak inside), pollo (chicken), jamon y queso (ham and cheese), queso y cebolla (cheese and onion), or vegetales (vegetables).   Better yet, empanadas are cheap!  At around four pesos apiece, you can snack on empanadas all day without breaking the bank.


If you were to discuss the great pizza capitals of the world, you may not think to mention Buenos Aires.  However, pizza is as widely consumed here as anywhere, and like New York or Napoli, its preparation is considered an art form.  Thanks to a large population of Italian immigrants (Italian is the second most spoken language in BA behind Spanish) pizza has not only found a new home in Buenos Aires but a new style as well.  Unlike sauce-based pizzas, it’s all about the cheese in Buenos Aires.  Here, pizzas come with fresh slices of tomato and green olives placed upon mounds of mozzarella cheese.


The ice cream of Buenos Aires is simply superb.  From quality to presentation to the vast variety of flavors available, Buenos Aires makes gelato of unrivaled delight… dare we say it may even be better than Italy’s?  Heladerias (ice cream shops) are everywhere, and they provide the best place to cool down on hot summer afternoons.


Medialunas (literally half moons in Spanish) are sweet croissants.  Eaten for breakfast with coffee or as an afternoon snack to quell hunger while waiting for dinner, they are as delicious as they are useful.  Sample these and other facturas (sweet pastries) at any café or panderia.


Argentines really can’t get enough sweets.  Case and point Alfajores.   These ubiquitous packaged treats are sold in every street side kiosco, and will cure the most severe of sweet cravings.  An example is Conitos, a cone shaped piece of cholcolate filled with dulche de leche, a sugary caramel-like spread, and more chocolate.

Dulche de leche

This rich confection is perhaps Argentina’s signature treat.  Like Nutella, dulche de leche can be used as a spread to sweeten up most anything.  Additionally, it is also the main ingredient in most Argentine deserts and is even a popular ice cream flavor.


Dance the Tango in Buenos Aires!

Buenos Aires Dance Tango

Throughout history, Argentina has produced a number of notable exports, from international soccer stars to fine wines. However, its most enduring contribution may be the intimate dance and passion known as Tango. Born out the immigrant communities of Buenos Aires in the 1800s, Tango drew from a mix of European and African influences and quickly grew in popularity. By the early 1900s it reached Paris and flourished, sparking a worldwide dancing craze. Today, both the dance and the culture surrounding Tango continue to be an emblem of Argentina.

Below, we have listed recommendations of where to experience the passion of Tango while in Buenos Aires. This includes Tango shows (often restaurants with dinner shows), Tango lessons, and Milongas.

COMPLEJO TANGO SHOW This magnificent display of Tango tells the history of the dance in five memorable scenes. A renowned orchestra accompanies the professional Tango dancers and signers.

Occupying one of the oldest corners in the city, El Querandí began its existence as a bar in 1920. It was the favorite spot of intellectuals, poets, writers, and students before political repression shut its doors in the later 20th century. In the early 1990s the bar was restored and reopened for business in 1992. Today the Buenos Aires’s Museum of the City considers El Querandí a “living testimony of the civil memory.” Enjoy this historical bar with their dinner and Tango show.

Named after one of the most famous Tango signers, and located next to his statue on the street named after him, Esquina Carlos Gardel offers a grand Tango show with elegant dinning in a lavish setting.


ESQUINA HOMERO MANZI Like Esquina Carlos Gardel, this Tango dinner show also takes its name from a Tango star of Argentina. Homero Manzi revolutionized Tango with his poetic lyrics in addition to enjoying a successful career as a journalist, playwright, and film director. The show features a quintet of piano, double bass, bandoneon, violin, and guitar.

Located in luxurious Puerto Madero, Madero Tango blends state-of-the-art staging with the timelessness of Tango. A giant projection screen, modern stage design and sound equipment, and gourmet food guarantee a top-notch experience.

Located in historic San Telmo, the street corner that Viejo Almacen occupies was first constructed in the 18th century. In 1969 Viejo Almacen was transformed into a Tanguería where they have continued to preserve the spirit of the Tango in a renowned show.

To see more information and prices of Tango shows, we invite you to check all the recommendations here: Buenos Aires Tango .

Don’t forget to leave a comment should you have any questions.  Also if you have attended any of these shows please leave a comment describing your experience.


The Top Attractions of Recoleta, Buenos Aires

What exactly is Recoleta, you may ask?

Recoleta has long been home to some of Buenos Aires’s wealthiest residents.  Stroll the streets and you’ll be sure to see this reflected in the grandiose architecture of residential and commercial buildings, many of which were designed by French architects in the 19th and early 20th century.  Perhaps on your stroll, as you pass chic clothing stores and restaurants, you’ll catch a glance of the ornate mausoleums peaking over the old wall of the cemetery.  Stop and linger over a coffee or merienda (afternoon snack) at a street side café and you may think you’ve somehow been transported to an uncharted corner of Paris.

How did this charming slice of the old world end up in the new world?  It all started with a yellow fever epidemic in the 1870s.  Looking to escape the disease, the wealthy residents of Buenos Aires abandoned their comfortable homes in San Telmo, near the center of the city, and settled in the elevated area of what would become Recoleta, where mosquitoes were less frequent.  Because of this small diaspora, Recoleta is now the home of many embassies, luxury hotels, and private mansions.  The fabulous Avenida Alvear is a great example of the wealth and style of Buenos Aires’s upper class.

Many Porteños claim that much of the area called Recoleta is actually a part of Barrio Norte (North Neighborhood).  So even though a few of the sights we listed are said to be located in Recoleta, this may not be true technically.  However, whether considered a part of Recoleta or Barrio Norte, the area is sure to enchant you.  Below we’ve listed some of the must see sights of Recoleta.


1-Recoleta Cemetery and Pilar Church

The historic center of Recoleta, Pilar Church and the cemetery simply can’t be missed.  Recoleta cemetery is the eternal resting place for Argentina’s rich, heroic, famous and infamous and is the most expensive real estate in Buenos Aires.  Richly decorated Mausoleums line the cemetery’s small avenues forming a strange yet charming city in miniature.  Visitors wander the pathways, searching for the tombs of Argentines known throughout the world.  The most popular of which is Eva Duarte Peron or “Evita”.

At the start of the 18th century, an order of Spanish monks belonging to the Franciscans of the king of Spain arrived in Buenos Aires and built Nuestra Señora del Pilar.  The church features seven side chapels and an enormous altar illustrating the influence of the late baroque style.  However, there are also indigenous influences as well.  An Incan sun decorates the silver altar and the heads of the angles on the altarpiece are anonymous contributions from indigenous artisans.

Junín 1930

Phone: 011-4803-6793


2-Palais de Glace

Otherwise known as the National Culture Exhibit Rooms, Palais de Glace (the Ice Palace) was once an ice rink and now serves as Buenos Aires’s main exhibition space.  Be sure to check out what events and exhibitions are currently being held here.

Posadas 1795

Phone: 011-4804-1163


3-El Museo de Artes Decorativos

The National Museum of Decorative Arts is housed in a magnificent French neoclassical building (it’s worth the price of admission just to enter this beautiful structure).  It contains a variety of permanent pieces, including an El Greco, an ancient Roman sculpture, and a collection of East Asian art as well as changing collections.  Admire the elaborate Spanish tapestries that hang throughout as well as the eclectic mix of artwork and artifacts from a multitude of time periods.

Av. del Libertador 1902

Phone: 4806-8306/ 4801-8248 / Website (in Spanish)


4- Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Off Avendia del Libertador, the National Museum of Fine Art contains some of Argentina’s greatest treasures as well as traveling exhibits.  The museum is the best place to see works of Argentine painters, including Prilidiano Pueyrredón and Martín Malharro, in addition to a European collection that includes works by Monet, Van Gough, Degas, and Rodin.

Av. del Libertador 1473

Phone: 4803-0802, 4803-8814, 4803-4691 / Website (in Spanish)


5-Avenida Quintana and Avenida Alvear

These parallel avenues begin in the heart of Recoleta, in the park adjacent to the cemetery, and end near Avenida 9 de Julio, the so-called widest street in the world.  Strolling these streets provides a great introduction to Recoleta.  The European/French influence can be viewed in the elegant buildings and mansions that now stand next to luxurious international botiques and stores.  Jorge Louis Borges, Argentina’s most influential writer, lived on Avenida Quintana while working as the director of the National Library.


6-Biblioteca Nacional

Architecture and literature buffs alike will enjoy the National Library.  This strange looking structure rises above the trees of neighboring parks, only a few blocks away from the museum of fine arts.  Designed in 1961 but not inaugurated until 1992, its design is an example of the brutalist style of modernist architecture.

Aguero 2502

Phone: 4806-1929


7-Floralis Genérica (The Giant Flower)

This 23 meter (75ft) tall flower sits in Plaza de los Naciones Unidas.  Everyday its giant petals open and close, symbolizing the rebirth brought by each day.  Each of the six petals weighs nearly four tons and the entire structure weighs a total of 18 tons.  The petals follow the rays of the sun, completely opening and then closing the over the course of each day, spanning a distance of 32 meters when open and contracting to a diameter of 16 meters when closed. The closing schedule varies during the year and for four nights a year the petals remain open all night: May 25, September 21, December 24, and December 31.  The beautiful sculpture was a gift to the city by architect Eduardo Catalano.


Upcoming events in Buenos Aires


Buenos Aires Tourism

Tourism has blossomed in Buenos Aires, bringing visitors from all over the world along with some of today’s most popular artists and performers.  Currently, tourists and Porteños are rocking out to the likes of Green Day, Queens of the Stone Age, No Te Va Gustar, Rage Against the Machine, and many others at the Pepsi Music Fest—an annual rock extravaganza that lasts over a week.  The list of international artist to have performed in Buenos Aires is varied and wide ranging, from Rob Halford of Judas Priest to the Dave Matthews Band and the Jonas Brothers.

Buenos Aires is also the site of Personal Fest.  From dusk till dawn a lineup of big name international artists and DJs perform a mix of rock, pop, funk, and dance on the Costanera Sur, an ecological preserve on the banks of the Rio de la Plata river.  Electronica fans flock to Creamfields BA, the first Creamfields event to be held outside of England, where the festival originated.  Previous Creamfield artists include David Guetta, LCD Soundsystem, and Deadmau5.  This year’s Creamfield will take place on November 13th in the Buenos Aires Autodrome.

Besides music, sports are another main draw for Argentines and visitors alike.  Anyone familiar with the world of fútbol, or who relish a good rivalry, should attend the “Super Classico” that pits Boca Juniors against Rivers Plate—the two most popular soccer clubs in Buenos Aires.  Imagine a Red Sox-Yankees or Duke-UNC game on steroids, where for over 90 minutes 70,000 fans go crazy cheering for their team.

To get tickets for this upcoming buenos aires event please click here.  If you’d prefer to attend a slightly tamer game you’ll want to check out other soccer matches in buenos aires.

Other popular sports to watch include Polo, of which Buenos Aires is famous for, and tennis.  Tennis star Juan Martín del Potro hails from the city of Tandil, south of Buenos Aires.

A few other events to take place in Buenos Aires include:

- October 30th:  Latin America International Tourism Trade Fair

- November 3-7: ArtFutura at the MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires)

- November 6th:  Buenos Aires Price: Gay Parade

- November 13- December 4: Argentinian Open Polo Tournament

- November 22-28: International Festival of Queer Tango Buenos Aires

- January 2-15 (2011): The Dakar Rally

To see a complete list of upcoming events in Buenos Aires please visit this website: http://www.whatsonwhen.com/sisp/index.htm?fx=events.location&loc_id=131837&cat_id=5926&sort=DATE

With all the great cultural events, sports, festivals, and sites, Buenos Aires is not to be missed!  And of course, should you want to stay in the comfort of your own apartment while in Buenos Aires, you know where to look: Buenos Aires Apartments.